Placed my old Hard Drive (Working and boot-able with XP Pro ) from my old PC to a new HP DC5000Mt (with a working and boot-able drive XP Pro)
- Disconnected the new HP hard drive
- Connected my old drive in place of HP drive
- F10 to bios and saved new config. (New HD)
PC goes to a black screen with prompt.
What's up with the HP system?
The bios can see my "old" drive but will not boot!
Usually the boot hard disk that is preloaded with windows will only work with the existing motherboard it came with as a proprietary measure to make sure you are buying a new copy of windows for each system. You would need a new copy for your new build in order to reuse the drive.
what you can try doing is loading the old drive back into the old computer along with a new drive than using image software to create an image of the drive... sometimes it will work sometimes it won't, but it's very rare that you can use a preloaded windows version on a computer of a different model with a different motherboard.
PS: I don't want to just use the drive (I can do that by placing it as a slave and it works fine) I need to boot with it. (It has all my software installed on it and it would take me a week to re-install everything)
I want to use my old drive as boot-able and place the "new" drive as a slave
Thanks for helping... (I know I should have stayed away from HP computer)
again what I am trying to tell you is most computers with a preloaded version of windows will NOT let you move them to another computer. One way around that is to slave anther drive and copy an image of your working drive to the old one making a new drive with the same software on it, but none of the built in record that was designated by the original builder. HP is notorious for making their computers very non-upgrade friendly so this is probably your best bet for reusing the data and copy of windows on the drive you have.